Strengthening the Capacity of Jamaican Communities to protect their Environmental Rights
This project engaged communities near to mining and quarrying activities in Bull Bay, St. Andrew, Hayes and New Town in Clarendon, Nine Miles in St. Ann and communities facing potential mining in Cockpit Country, Trelawny to strengthen their ability to protect their environmental rights. Funded by the Inter-American Foundation (IAF), communities were trained to test air, water and soil and use the Access to Information Act; they received education about the legal framework for mining and quarrying in Jamaica, how to work with the media, and they met frequently with government regulators and industry. The project was supported by simple printed materials and two films.
In addition, a substantial document was produced and circulated to stakeholders:
Jamaica’s first health survey conducted in Bull Bay, Hayes and New Town was completed. JET plans to continue this work to advocate for improvement of air and water quality standards in Jamaica.